To kick off our High School Sports section, we wanted to kick things off by celebrating one of the greatest sports moments in Westchester County High School sports.
Let me set up the video, it was Sunday, March 3, 2013, ninth-seeded New Rochelle pulls off a 61-60 dramatic, some might say almost improbable upset win over third-seeded Mount Vernon in the Section 1 Class AA High School Championship game at Westchester County Center. Khalil Edney who will be forever known as ‘The Shot’ hits a 55-foot game winning, buzzer beater from the other teams three-point line with 0.1 second left.
Edney began the final sequence of the game by in-bounding the ball under his own basket. His baseball-like pass intended for teammate Joe Clarke was intercepted by a Mount Vernon player at mid-court, who proceeded to put the ball in the air across the time line in order to run out the clock. But Edney alertly caught the ball in front of the 3-point line on the other end of the court and let it fly literally right before time expired. Real talk that should have been a four or maybe five point shot!
The basket was originally called off but the refs huddled up and made the call that the bucket was good. Replays show the ball left Edneys hand with 0.1 second on the clock and the rest is history. The Shot’s shot instantly went viral and was even #1 on ESPN SportsCenter’s Top Plays. Even Baltimore Ravens running back and fellow New Rochelle native, Ray Rice, called Edney to say, “I need that jersey, man. I want that autograph, man.” The 17-year-old baller went from “just another high school hoopster” to a household name and a national superstar. Edney was nominated for and nearly won an Espy Award for Best Play. Below is the last two minutes of the game!
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